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Astronomer Galileo dies in Italy
Galileo At Work...Circa 1630, Italian astronomer, mathematician and natural philosopher Galileo Galilei, (1564 - 1642), known as Galileo. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Astronomer Galileo dies in Italy

Italian language astronomer Galileo Galilei dies in Italia at age 77. Born February 15, 1564, Galileo has been referred to as the “ father of modern astronomy, ” the “ father of modern physics” and the “ father of science ” due to his revolutionary discoveries. And the first person to use a telescope to observe the skies, Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, sunspots and the solar farm rotation.

Subsequent to Galileo published his verification that the Earth orbits the Sun, in favor of the Copernican system, the person was charged with heresies (ideas that ran counter to teaching of the church) by the Inquisition-the legal body of the Catholic church. He was found guilty in 1633 and sentenced to life imprisonment but due to his age and poor health he was allowed to work as out his sentence under house criminal arrest.

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